Reference counting garbage collection

Paul Rubin phr-n2001 at
Fri Aug 24 09:47:32 CEST 2001

Skip Montanaro <skip at> writes:
>     Paul> That's for sure--there's a large literature of GC research that
>     Paul> goes back for decades.  It's not appropriate to ignore everything
>     Paul> that's been tried.
> I don't think anything's been ignored.  It's just that nothing made it into
> the language beyond the Neil's cyclical GC stuff.

For now, if cyclical structures are GC'd, that should be enough, given
the general design of the interpreter.  Someday a higher performance
implementation may need a fancier GC.

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